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Saturday, June 13, 2009



Parents would rather talk with their kids about sex than $

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:20 PM PDT

ING Direct just released a study indicating that two out of five parents would prefer the topic of the dangers of alcohol and drugs than have a discussion with their kids about the family's financial situation. And about three out of 10 parents would rather talk to their children about the birds and the bees.

Nikola Tesla and the Quest for Wireless Electricity

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:10 PM PDT

A group trying to extend on Tesla's initial attempts to transmit electricity without wires shows some of their current efforts.

Frank Pushing Bill To Legalize Medical Pot

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:10 PM PDT

Rep. Barney Frank, the powerful House Democrat from Massachusetts, introduced a bill Thursday to allow states to make their own medical marijuana laws free of federal interference.

Photos from the Final Frontier (PICS)

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:00 PM PDT

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have finally found newborn stars at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. A frenzied mess of stars, dust and gas populate the heart of our spiral galaxy and in the very center exists a black hole.

Facebook Nabs The Man Who Engineered Google AdSense

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 04:40 PM PDT

Facebook has just hired Greg Badros, a Google Senior Director of Engineering, we've learned. Badros joined Google in early 2003 and has worked ...

As Wind Power Grows, a Push to Tear Down Dams

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 04:30 PM PDT

The rise of wind farms in the Pacific Northwest is seen by some as an opportunity to help save the wild salmon, by removing dams that have impeded their spawning.

Iran's Opposition Leader Mousavi Has Been Arrested

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 04:10 PM PDT

According to the Daily Kos, Iran's opposition leader has been placed under house arrest as rioting is becoming out of control.

Pirates 'Ignore' Warning Letters

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 03:51 PM PDT

Sending letters to persistent pirates will not stop them copying, suggests research.

8 clever Holiday Photo tips, tricks and online trends

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 03:30 PM PDT

There are countless tools for improving your pictures, storing them, sharing them and even turning them into works of art. Here's some ideas for starters....

Never-before-seen Billy Corgan sketches - Mellon Collie art

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 03:10 PM PDT

An interview with art director Frank Olinsky has revealed some never-before-seen sketches from singer Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins for their ground-breaking double LP, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. 10 years later, these original concept drawings give an incredible insight on the concepts surrounding the record.

Curse Word on Roof Spotted from Space

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Students at a UK grammar school used bricks to spell out a certain word for a certain bit of male anatomy on the school's roof. Then it was spotted by satellite, in a Google Earth image.

Who Steps in for Cristiano Ronaldo?

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 02:40 PM PDT

We look at Nani, Karim Benzema and Frank Ribery and a few maybe more unlikely names and figure out who'll be the right man instead of the new most expensive soccer player in the world. Can he even be replaced with just one player?

AT&T Sold Out of iPhone 3G S Preorders Already

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 02:40 PM PDT

The US carrier's internal sales system is asking staff to tell customers that any pre-orders made on Saturday the 13th or later won't ship on launch and instead will reach retail locations between 7 and 14 days after the order is made, overshooting the release date.

What it Looks Like When Tony Hawk Falls Off a Skateboard

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 02:20 PM PDT

"I went to skate Bucky's huge bowl and quickly realized that cement doesn't slide like wood. Doesn't feel the same when you hit it either." If I had footage like this of myself I don't think I'd want it on the Internet. I definitely wouldn't be the one to upload it.

Exposed: Nude Mona Lisa

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 02:00 PM PDT

A nude painting of Mona Lisa has surfaced that looks much like the original, sparking debate over just how far Leonardo Da Vinci took his iconic painting.

Top 10 Amateur Dunks From The Slam Dunk Showdown’s

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:50 PM PDT

Video clips of the Top 10 amateur dunks from the various cities having hosted the slam dunk showdowns. These amateurs are throwing down way better dunks than the NBA players do in the dunk contest at all-star break.

Banksy Launches Suprise Exhibition - Largest Project To Date

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:40 PM PDT

Graffiti artist Banksy, famed for infiltrating museum collections without their knowledge and spray-painting public buildings around the world, is holding his first major exhibition in years. The artist's anonymity gained him notoriety and he became one of the art world's biggest names.

Hugh Laurie interviews Michael Jackson

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

Hugh Laurie takes some time out of his comedy sketch schedule to do a candid interview with one of the world's most infamous music stars - Michael Jackson.

Kojima Explains Why He Took on MGS: Peace Walker

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:30 PM PDT

In an interview published by the Japanese magazine, Dengeki: PlayStation, Hideo Kojima explained why he took the role of game designer on Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, despite his previous claims that he would play a smaller role in the development of Metal Gear games after Metal Gear Solid 4.

Guide: How Iran is ruled (with Infographic)

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:20 PM PDT

Iran's complex political system.

Showdown over auto dealer cuts

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 01:01 PM PDT

Auto dealers say closing facilities will not save automakers much money, but GM and Chrysler say closures are crucial to survival.

Underground Lost World Lurks Beneath Stones of Naples

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Beneath this city's espresso-fueled cacophony is a deep and ancient silence of a lost world, full of catacombs, caves and early Christian burial sites.

Kotaku - New Xbox To Launch In 2010?

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 12:30 PM PDT

Last week, Microsoft's Shane Kim told us that the launch of the 360's motion-controlled camera system - Project Natal - would be as big as a console launch. Maybe he was onto something with that. Because 1UP are reporting a rumour that while Natal will be released next year for existing 360 consoles, it will also be released next year as a...

15 Common Drinking Myths Debunked

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 12:10 PM PDT

When it comes to alcohol, everyone's an expert, aren't they? They start as soon as the first drink is poured: spouting dubious statistics, recalling horror stories, and moralizing about what you should and should not do while drinking.

How Windows 7 Unleashes the Power of Multitouch

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 12:00 PM PDT

Microsoft has endured a lot of flack over the past few years because of the various failures of Vista. At the same time, however, one of its operating systems has been quietly scooping up a lot of praise, thanks to its seamless interface, speed of interaction and general suitability for purpose.

Are urban tapeworms on the rise?

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 11:40 AM PDT

A paper in the June issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases reports on the spread of the the salmon tapeworm Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense. The parasite, which can reach lengths of 12 meters (36 feet!!), has been steadily increasing its global distribution and prevalence – mostly among yuppies with a hankering for sashimi and ceviche.

Mets Player Drops Routine Fly Ball To Allow Game Winning Run

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 11:10 AM PDT

Alex Rodriguez slammed his bat and then threw it. The first Subway Series game at new Yankee Stadium was over. And then it wasn't. Second baseman Luis Castillo dropped A-Rod's two-out popup in the ninth inning as Derek Jeter scored from second and Mark Teixeira from first, giving the Yankees a wild 9-8 victory over the Mets on Friday night.

Teacher Who Humiliated Kid With Autism Gets Her Job Back

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 10:30 AM PDT

Wendy Portillo, the Kindergarten teacher infamous for permitting neurotypical students to vote a boy with a form of Autism out of her class, will keep both her contract with the St. Lucie County school district and her tenured status after a unanimous vote by the School Board. Portillo is "overjoyed" by the ruling and hopes to return to teaching.

Microsoft to give away anti-virus

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 09:40 AM PDT

The company is reportedly trialling free anti-virus software internally and said the beta version would be released "soon".

Apple Patent Could Ease 911 Cellphone Calls

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 09:10 AM PDT

The process would do a variety of things. First off, it would disable "non-essential hardware components" and applications on the phone, reduce power to the screen (i.e., it would get darker) and potentially reduce the phone's processor speed. It also would make it harder to disconnect the call and enable "emergency phrase buttons" on the phone....

7 Civil War Stories Your Teacher Never Told You

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 08:40 AM PDT

Perhaps your history teachers failed to alert you to these Civil War facts: Jefferson Davis nearly got mugged by an angry female mob; Abraham Lincoln loved the Confederate anthem "Dixie," and Paul Revere was a Civil War casualty.

45 Ridiculous Pictures Of Boy Bands [PICS]

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 08:00 AM PDT

45 pictures of boyz in cool shades, questionable poses, and insane clothing. I couldn't help myself with this one.

The £10 Breakfast Challenge [Pics]

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 07:50 AM PDT


Tattoo Body Map: What Your Bad Decision Says About You

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 07:30 AM PDT

Tattoos are reverse time machines: with time travel you can send a warning back to your younger self, with tattoos you send a mistake forward to your older self.

Poor farmers to guard Earth's crop riches

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 07:30 AM PDT

IF YOU like potatoes, chances are you will one day owe some measure of thanks to the Quechua Indians of Peru. That's because they will be making sure that potatoes continue to be available whatever the vagaries of future climate change. Importantly, the move could provide valuable options should the world find itself in another food crisis.

200,000 Facebook Vanity Names in 3 Minutes!

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 07:20 AM PDT

The Facebook team has just flipped the switch and you can now register your username. Facebook has told us that 200,000 usernames have been registered in 3 minutes.

Facebook URL Madness: I Got Mine, But So Did Haywood Jablome

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 07:10 AM PDT

Imagine the odds: No sooner had Facebook swung open the doors to its fire sale of vanity URLs than the land grab turned into a geeky frat party as members reserved prankish, clever and lewd names.

Jungle Alcohol

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 07:10 AM PDT

There are trees that grow in Africa which, once a year, produce very juicy fruits that ferment to contain alcohol. Because there is a shortage of water, as soon as the fruits are ripe, animals come there to help protect themselves from the heat.

Founder Of Anti-Drug Program Arrested In Drug Sting

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:50 AM PDT

Kendall Craig Farris, who heads the Over the Wall Foundation in Marina del Rey, is arrested after an undercover Redondo Beach officer is sold fake methamphetamine and ecstasy tablets.

Google's Rich Snippets Could Start Seismic Shift to Web 3.0

Posted: 13 Jun 2009 05:40 AM PDT

Almost lost in May's whirlwind launches of Wolfram|Alpha and Microsoft's Bing and the unveiling of Google Wave, was a quieter announcement that may bring a seismic shift toward the realization of Web 3.0 -- Google's launch of Rich Snippets.

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